How to fix Fortnite voice chat not working [With pictures]

By Justin Zeng  Sound Issues  gamesmicrophoneWindows   6 Comments

Voice chat not working in Fortnite? Don’t worry… Although it’s incredibly frustrating, you’re definitely not the only person to experience this problem. Thousands of players have recently reported the very same issue. More importantly, you should be able to fix it pretty easily…

Fixes to try

Here’s a list of fixes that have resolved this problem for other Fortnite players. You don’t have to try them all. Just work your way through the list until you find the one that does the trick for you.

  1. Sign out of Fortnite, then sign back in
  2. Install the latest Fortnite patch
  3. Make sure your microphone is on for Fortnite
  4. Check your audio settings
  5. Update your sound card driver
  6. Reinstall Fortnite

Fix 1: Sign out Fortnite, then sign back in

This is the quickest and easiest fix to try when chat’s not working in Fortnite. Just sign out of the game, then sign back in.

Now run the game again and test to see whether chat is working. If it’s not, move on to Fix 2, below.

Fix 2: Install the latest Fortnite patch

The developers of Fortnite release regular game patches to fix bugs. It’s possible that a recent patch has stopped your chat from working, and that a new patch is required to fix it.

If you run Fortnite from the Epic Games Launcher, you can follow the instructions below to check for the latest Fortnite patch:

  1. Run the Epic Games Launcher.
  2. Click the gear button in the upper-right corner.Check the box next to Allow Auto-Updates, then click the down-pointing triangle next to FORTNITE and check the box next to Auto-Update Fortnite.
  3. Restart the Epic Games Launcher.
  4. If a patch is available, it will be detected by the Epic Games Launcher and the latest Fortnite patch will be automatically downloaded and installed on your PC.

If you downloaded Fortnite from the Microsoft Store, every time you run Fortnite, it will automatically check for the latest patch for you.

Run Fortnite again to check whether your chat problem has been resolved. If it hasn’t, or there was no new game patch available, move on to Fix 3, below.

Fix 3: Make sure your microphone is on for Fortnite

If you downloaded Fortnite from the Microsoft Store, check if it has permission to use your microphone. Here’s how to do it:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and I at the same time to open Windows Settings. Then click Privacy.
  2.  Click Microphone on the left pane, and make sure Microphone access for this device is on, and the status is On for Fortnite.
  3. Run Fortnite to see if chat works now. If not, try Fix 4, below.

Fix 4: Check your audio settings

Windows and Fortnite both have audio settings, and sometimes things just get a little mixed up. So it can help to reset everything, manually, to clear out the cobwebs. (Kinda like how restarting your PC can sometimes mysteriously resolve problems.) Here is how to do it:

  1. Temporarily turn off voice chat in Fortnite.
    1. In Fortnite, click the menu button in the upper-right corner, then select the gear icon to open the game settings.
    2. Click the speaker icon to view the audio settings. Then turn off Voice Chat and click Apply
    3. Exit Fortnite.
  2. On your desktop, right-click the speaker icon at the bottom-right corner, and then select Sounds.
  3. Click the Playback tab, select the speakers/headphones you’re using and click Set Default.

  4. Click the Recording tab, select the microphone you’re using and click Set Default.

  5. While still in the Recording tab, try speaking into your microphone to test if it works properly. If it is, you should see some green in the bar on the right:

  6. Click OK.
  7. Run Fortnite again to turn Voice Chat on.

Join a squad to check if chat is now working. If not, try the fix below.

Fix 5: Update your sound card driver

A missing or outdated sound card driver may also stop chat from working in Fortnite.

There are two ways to update your sound card driver: manually and automatically.

Update your sound card driver manually – You can update your sound card driver manually by going to the manufacturer’s website, and searching for the latest driver for your sound card. Be sure to choose the driver that’s compatible with your exact sound card model and your version of Windows.


Update your drivers automatically – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your sound card driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing. Driver Easy handles it all.

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers. 
  3. Click Update next to your sound card to automatically download the correct version of its driver, then you can install it manually. Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (This requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. You get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee).
    You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
    If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at

Fix 6: Reinstall Fortnite

If none of the above fixes resolves your chat problem, try reinstalling Fortnite. Follow the instructions below to reinstall Fortnite:

If you downloaded Fortnite from the Epic Games Launcher:

  1. Open the Epic Games Launcher. Click FORTNITE and then click the gear button next to Launch. Then select Uninstall to uninstall Fortnite.
  2. Restart your PC.
  3. Open the Epic Games Launcher to download and install Fortnite again.

If you downloaded Fortnite from the Microsoft Store:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key, then type Fortnite.
  2. In the list of search results, right-click Fortnite, then select Uninstall.
  3. Restart your PC.
  4. Open the Microsoft Store to download and install Fortnite again.

Run Fortnite, join a squad to check if voice chat is now working.

Hopefully, one of the fixes above resolved your voice chat problem. Please leave your comment below if you have any questions or suggestions!

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